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Big impression with Little interview

During his Thursday stop in Grangeville, Lt. Governor Brad Little sat for an hour-and-a-half interview with the Idaho County Free Press. I asked the best questions I could think of, and I listened as intently as I could. These are my impressions....

Cameras give justice necessary speed


No one ever wants to see a law enforcement officer kill anyone, and bringing a firearm to bear is rarely necessary even in that dangerous line of work. Whenever it is necessary for an officer to draw down on a human being, there must be quick, clear accountability. Every. Single. Time.

Lochsa exchange: no need to rush solution to compromise local interests


Checkerboard ownership within the upper Lochsa needs to be addressed to the land management benefits of both private and public ownership. Until this is resolved, this problem will remain with us despite wishes to disregard or dismiss it as a “dead issue.”

Environmentalists court pyhrric victory

History advises against fighting battles that can be won only by self-destruction, but a fight now under way in a federal court is exactly that kind of fight.

Pro-wolf movement should support accurate, scientific animal count

Estimating – as grade-school students learn at young ages – is a way of counting that is useful for figuring out the number of small things inside a bigger thing. But when a state wildlife biologist sets out to estimate the number of wolves in Idaho, she does not gaze at a map like a child guessing blindly at the number of M&Ms a gallon jar may hold. Instead, wildlife biologists rely on scientific methods.

In praise of Idaho’s youngest hobbyist lobbyist

Student embodies political passion

Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.

Pigskin Prognosticators: Courtright, Schlader nab prizes

The final week of the picks contest was rough on all the pickers.

Pigskin Prognosticators Week 10: Short trip, large crowd may give GHS the edge

In Grangeville, it’s a common belief that the 2012 and 2013 Class 2A title games may well have been played at GHS — that no one other than the Bulldogs gave repeat champion Declo a game during either title run.

Pigskin Prognosticators Week 8: Hall tops picks contest; playoffs pick up this week

Jason Hall pegged 11 of last week’s games to edge out three others who hit 10. Second prize went to Terry Schlieper, who lucked out in the tiebreaker for the second week in a row.

Week 7: Hall tops a tough week; five others tie for second place

Pigskin Prognosticators

Last week’s games were the toughest of the season so far, judging by the entries we received and the Free Press staff picks. I missed five and still out-did the rest of the Free Press staff.

Pigskin Prognosticators Week 4: Nichols on a roll, plus game call drawing winners

It can’t just be luck. Two of the three who missed just two games this week are past winners — but with another logjam at the top of last week’s pick ’em results, it helps to be a little lucky.

Pigskin Prognosticators: Week 3: Schlader, Nichols luck out

With a high school rodeo in town last Saturday and Sunday and a couple of fun runs in the area during the last couple of weeks, we have a bit more sports news to report than usual.

Pigskin Prognosticators: Two pickers tie, coin flip comes up Courtright

Week 1

Thanks to all who participated in the football picks contest last week. As those who are familiar with how it works will recall, we’ll publish each week’s games along with an entry form on a full page — like the one on 5A this week — for a total of 11 weeks.

While rates rose, county gave garbage service away

“It was our mistake, not the tribe’s,” Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said last Monday, Aug. 11, of 28 years of garbage fees the board failed to collect...

After three years, three reasons to work for more

“...the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” — Hobbes, Leviathan

Bench Press

Week 11: Thanks for playing, everyone

A thank you to all who played, plus one last pick.

With gratitude we thank you, veterans

The Grenada Invasion, 30 years ago Oct. 25, flexed national security muscles that had been little exercised since Vietnam and proved our nation’s martial expertise. Though marked by poor high-level planning and various mishaps, the invasion delivered the island out of Marxist control. In then Maj. Gen.

Bench Press

Week eight: Hohman, Lorentz hit again

The Bench Press (as in the column by Idaho County Free Press sports/outdoors editor Andrew Ottoson, not the workout routine) offers up an occasional take on local high school sports and should not be confused with any activity that causes a physically fit person to sweat. If reading the Bench Press causes you to sweat, it might be time to go outside or something, maybe walk the dog or ride a bike or hike in the woods or take up jogging. Speaking of which, it’s probably time for Andrew Ottoson to quit referring to himself in the third person and maybe go outside or something.

Bench Press

Week 7: Lorentz breaks through

Brian Lorentz broke through for first place with just one miss among his week seven picks. If it hadn’t been for Cincinnati’s win over Detroit — which seemed to trip up almost everyone who entered — he’d have hit a perfect score.

Week six: Doughty first, Lorentz second

You had to be perfect to win the $20 gift certificate this week, and Micheal Doughty went 12-for-12 with his entry, separating himself from a five-way tie for second place at 11.

Week five: Roberts, Stowell win with 10

Our Week Five winners, David Stowell and Gideon Roberts, were among four who tied at ten correct picks apiece. That’s a bummer for Mike Connolley and Terry Schlieper, but no worries, fellas — we’ll be handing out gift certificates through Nov. 13. I’m glad to have another month to keep firing picks, even though I’m coming off my worst week to date with five whiffs.

Football Picks week #2

Week two: Courtright, Schlieper nab prizes Week two is in the books and Lee Courtright — who just barely missed a win in week one — took first prize last week with another nine correct picks. We had a four-way tie for second place this week, and Terry Schlieper out-drew the crowd for second prize this week. (Come pick up your prizes at the Free Press office, guys.)


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